MP’s Framlingham housing survey draws ‘mixed views’
An ‘overwhelming’ response to a Framlingham housing survey conducted by MP Dr Dan Poulter has revealed more than half of the respondents back more housing in the town.
But concern remains over the infrastructure of Framlingham should any future homes be built.
In February two large housing developments were rejected by Suffolk Coastal District Council, with objectors claiming the influx of people would put a strain on services.
The survey, by the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, attracted 731 responses, which represents slightly more than half of surveys issued.
Sixty per cent supported more housing, with 37 per cent expressing concerns.
However, of those who had concerns, a sizeable number of those did not object to more house building ‘in principle’.
Of those who responded 700 said brownfield sites and infill development were preferred to the use of greenfield sites, whether they supported addtional housing or not.
Dr Poulter said in a letter to residents: “My survey has highlighted some very important issues which Suffolk Coastal District planners will need to be aware.
“As local planning decisions are the responsibility of Suffolk Coastal District Council, I have shared the results with your local Councillors, Christopher Hudson and Colin Walker, and Cllr Ray Herring, the Leader of the Council, so that they can better understand the views of our community.
“I shall be meeting with Cllr Ray Herring to make it clear to him that brownfield development and appropriate infill development must be the priority, and that we must do all we can to protect the beautiful fields and countryside surrounding our town.”
It was also shown 82 per cent thought the town would benefit from a new community centre, and more than half believed expanding the capacity of the GP surgery was the biggest infrastructure facing Framlingham.
Dr Poulter also urged residents to support the town’s neighbourhood plan.
Christopher Sharpe, chairman of Framlingham Residents’ Association (FRAm), which formed last year amid the planning applications, said: “Our position on Dr Dan’s survey is that it validates our views on greenfield developments.
“It also says that 60 per cent of residents want housing suitable for the town which is what we have been campaigning for.”
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